Have you tried Jeff Smith's "Bone"?
Originally published in th 1990s, I think, but now it's collected into (I think) 9 volumes into a smaller-than-graphic-novel-size-but-larger-than-a-paperback format.
It's more for younger audiences, but it will appeal to adults too. I remember them from the 90s, but never read them - I also remember them winning all sorts of awards, and on several critics lists too. I picked them up fo my (then) 6.5 year old to read to him. We whizzed through all the volumes in rapid succession, and the both of us thoroughly enjoyed the series. Adventure, comedy, action, friendship, and just a joy to read.
Slowly, I got back on the horse, opting for the graphic novels/anthologies, these being a quicker reward than novels when I'm on the go:
Savage Sword of Conan
And even some of the DC/Marvel reprints of the old early to mid-1960s Justice League/Justice Society, Hawkman, etc. Always good for a laugh at the 'quaintness' of the artwork and stories (compaired to comics these days), but also very cool for the very same reason.
I have an Ipad, so now I've been downloading some things. Some new, some old. Comics really pop in a digital format, and I love the pinch/zoom to really get in and see some of the detail. Plus, I no longer have to sweat the bags, boxes, storage logistics of collecting.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman Trinity
The Walking Dead
The Uncanny X-Men - starting with issue #1 frm the early 60s
The Avengers - same as the XMen
Warlord of Mars
Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock?
Marvel, DC, Image all have free apps for IPo/ads and IPhones - I'm assuming for non-apple stuff too. At $1.99 (US) a comic, and under $10 for larger graphic novels, it's not a bad deal. Comixology Comics+ are other good ones, that capture a lot of the indie publishers too....